U+I submits planning application for $1.7bn Mayfield project in UK

WCN Editorial Team 9 Oct 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

U+I Group has submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council for developing a £1.4bn ($1.7bn) mixed-use project in the city centre.

The application was submitted by the Mayfield Partnership, which comprises U+I Group, LCR, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.

The application includes the creation of Mayfield Park – the city centre’s first new park. The 6.5-acre public space will be developed on the banks of River Medlock.

The first phase will include nine-storey, 70,000ft² office building, which will overlook the new park, and a 545-space multi-storey car park on the Baring Street site. A separate application for a larger flagship 12-storey office building is expected to be submitted this autumn.

The regeneration of Mayfield is expected to create 1,500 homes, 75,000m² of office space, a 650-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure space. The project is also expected to create more than 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.

U+I chief development officer Richard Upton said: “The last three years of consultation, planning and opening up Mayfield to a variety of community uses and major events has re-introduced Mancunians to a forgotten corner of the city with huge social and economic potential.

“Submitting our first formal planning application is an important moment in realising that potential and we are excited that our vision for a world class neighbourhood for businesses, residents and visitors is taking shape.

“We have been delighted by the overwhelming positivity response to our recent public consultation on Mayfield Park and look forward to starting work on this amazing new amenity for the people of Manchester.”

Studio Egret West has been selected as the overall masterplanner for Mayfield, landscape architect for Mayfield Park, and has designed application for the first phase the multi-storey car park.

Bennetts Associates is designing the office building. Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant.

Manchester City Council Leader Richard Leese said: “These plans have the potential to transform an unloved and largely unused part of the city centre into a world-class gateway area creating thousands of new jobs and housing to support our growing city.

“The addition of a significant new city centre park, just a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly Station, is a particularly welcome development and shows how such green spaces can be created through the masterplanning of wider areas.”

Subject to approval, work is expected to begin early in 2020.

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Image: Artist’s impression of Mayfield project. Photo: Courtesy of U and I Group PLC.

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